A Sung Hero

BRAD KIRN [1972-2005] (B.B.A. ‘96), who was an active member of USD’s orientation program, passed away on Sept. 15, 2005, less than a year after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was 33.

It was his second battle against cancer. Shortly after transferring to USD in 1993, Brad was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and successfully conquered it with radiation therapy.

Brad, who by day worked for Qualcomm in corporate research and business development, was a musician by night. His band, Kirn Kounty, played at clubs like downtown’s 4th & B and the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. In 1997, the band won a VH1 “Hometown Heroes” contest and opened for ex-Bangle Susanna Hoffs.

“They don’t come any better than Brad,” says his wife of five years, Kirstin (Gracyzk) Kirn (B.A. ‘96). “He was really funny and had a heart of gold. He was honest, loyal, thoughtful and truly cared about everyone.””